O-hanami

During the Japanese Spring, millions gather early in parks and along river banks to get the best position under the white and pink petals of cherry blossom trees. The antics that follow are unsurpassed at any public event during the year, and all in reverence of the blossom from ancient trees that are manicured all year round. I should have a lot more photographs of this crazy time but it’s too easy to succumb… Several of these images were created when I first got holes in my 4" x 5” field camera bellows. Discarded for a long time, I was encouraged by Japanese photographer and friend Hiroshi Hatate to scan the negs and the results I slowly became happy with.
 

 
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